Lollipop Chainsaw: sweet and sour

Lollipop Chainsaw is another oddity that will divide players.Former undertaker turned rockstar developer Goichi Suda certainly never makes a dull game. But for every wonderfully creative idea he adds to his eccentric portfolio, the Japanese auteur invariably includes something that tests a player’s resolve.
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Lollipop Chainsaw is another oddity that will divide players. Many will be left wondering whether it is shamelessly exploitative or just cheeky parody.

You’re certainly not meant to take it seriously, but the relentless barrage of flesh flashing and sex jokes can make for some uncomfortable moments.

You control an impossibly proportioned, scantily clad 18-year-old cheerleader who is not only adept with her pom poms but also a chainsaw, cutting a swathe through hapless zombies rampaging through a typical American small town. Juliet is also smarter than you might expect.

As you progress you can acquire new combinations of pom pom pummels, chainsaw slices and acrobatic leaps, although the combat system never offers the depth or solidity of top-shelf brawlers.

The action can feel repetitive at times, but the battling is interspersed with a wide variety of amusing interludes, including the chance to drive a combine harvester through a zombie-filled paddock, play a giant game of Pac-Man and blast away at incoming boulders from the top of a school bus. Many of the boss battles are also inventive.

There’s an odd juxtaposition of titillation and extreme violence against the sugar-coated presentation, which includes bubblegum pop tunes and vibrant bursts of dazzling colour.

What’s a more successful pairing is Juliet with her decapitated boyfriend, who provides amusing banter throughout the journey as he tags along.

It’s a relatively short ride: all the game’s scenes can be seen in just five or six hours.

There is some incentive to keep playing thanks to online leaderboards. In fact, there’s no chance of a decent score until you’ve had a couple of play-throughs and purchased a big repertoire of moves.

But it’s hard to summon the enthusiasm to keep going because the game is insubstantial and inconsistent, and unlikely to sustain your interest or amusement.

What have you been playing lately?

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